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Marcus Smart Fined $35,000 By NBA

Jan 21, 2019 6:10 PM

Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.

The incident, which took place after Smart was assessed his second technical foul and was ejected, occurred with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 113-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 19 at State Farm Arena.

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LeBron James Appreciative Of Kyrie Irving's Apology Call

Jan 17, 2019 9:11 AM

LeBron James was coincidentally having dinner with Kevin Love in Los Angeles when Kyrie Irving called him to apologize for being "a young player."

James returned Irving's call later in private.

A source close to James said he was very appreciative that Irving called him. There relationship has believed to have frays, but some repairs are underway.

Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers in 2017 because he no longer wanted to play with James.

“Kyrie knows he left a year early,” said another key player from those Cavs teams, who asked not to be named. “We were supposed to take another run at it (last season) and then take a look at everything.”

“I think Kyrie can be a great leader,” Channing Frye said. “I think this shows some real growth on his part. I’m excited for him and for what he’ll be able to do in that role.”

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Kyrie Irving Apologized To LeBron James For Being A 'Young Player'

Jan 17, 2019 2:51 AM

After getting criticized for his response following a Boston Celtics loss to the Orlando Magic last weekend, Kyrie Irving said he called LeBron James to apologize for being a selfish, young teammate.

"I had to call [LeBron] and tell him I apologized for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything at my threshold. I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that, and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people. [LeBron] was one of those guys who came to Cleveland and tried to show us how to win a championship, and it was hard for him, and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world," said Irving. 

Irving criticized his younger teammates' inability to handle expectations following the loss to the Magic. Jaylen Brown responded to Irving's comments by saying the Celtics "can't be pointing fingers", to which Irving also apologized for in public.

Irving said he's grown to appreciate James' style of leadership now that he's in the same place that James was when Kyrie was a young player. Irving admitted that he took criticism from James too personally.

"I feel like the best person to call was him, because he's been in this situation. He's been there with me. I've been the young guy, being a 22-year-old kid and I want everything. I want everything right now. Coming off an All-Star year starting and this heck of a presence is coming back and now I gotta adjust my game to this guy. You take it personal, but at the end of the day, he wants what's best. And he has a legacy he wants to leave, and he has a window he wants to capture. So, I think what that brought me back to was like, all right, how do I get the best out of this group to the success they had last year and then helping them realize what it takes to win a championship."

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Grizzlies Prefer To Close Out First Round Pick Obligation To Celtics This Season

Jan 16, 2019 7:02 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies owe a protected first round pick to the Boston Celtics, which conveys if is outside the top-8 in 2019 and the top-6 in 2020 before becoming unprotected in 2021.

The Grizzlies' future is uncertain as Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. get older.

"I think Memphis would rather get this obligation over with and give the Celtics the 10th pick in this draft then roll it over when the protections get even lighter and maybe Gasol leaves, maybe Conley is a year older," said Zach Lowe on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

"Memphis, according to everyone I've talked to, would rather get it over with now unless they spiral so badly."

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Jaylen Brown: It's Not Young Guys Or Old Guys, It's Everybody's Fault

Jan 15, 2019 9:47 AM

Jaylen Brown told the media that he feels the finger-pointing between teammates of the Boston Celtics has created additional struggles.

“We’ve just got to have each other’s backs at the end of the day,” Brown said. “We can’t make comments, we can’t point fingers. We just have to continue to empower each other and have each other’s backs. If we don’t, if we start pointing fingers, everybody’s going to go into their own little shells. We’ve got to continue to play basketball. It starts from the top to the bottom. Not from the bottom to the top but the top to the bottom. We’ve got to continue to empower each other and make the best of this. We have a lot of talent, and we know what we’re capable of doing. We have to go out there and do it. Playing free, playing loose, having fun.”

Kyrie Irving walked back his comments on Monday blaming the young players on the Celtics.

“Sometimes I may come off and say things, never to question my teammates in public like that ever again, but I just want to win so bad,” Irving said. “I came from a place where I asked for a trade and I come in here and believe in this organization, and I want these young guys to be successful.”

“It’s not one guy’s fault,” Brown said. “It’s not young guys, old guys' fault. It’s everybody. We all have to be accountable to turn this thing around. There’s stretches where we play good basketball, and stretches we don’t, but we all have to have each other’s backs.”

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Marcus Morris After Loss To Nets: Celtics Don't Have Identity

Jan 15, 2019 2:37 AM

After their 109-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Marcus Morris commented on the Boston Celtics' inconsistent season by saying "I’d be lying if I said we knew our identity.”

Kyrie Irving, who said the team had trouble living up to expectations following a recent loss to the Magic, sat out with a quad injury. It was the Celtics' third loss in a row.

Jaylen Brown added that his teammates need to stop blaming each other after losses. 

“We’ve just got to have each other’s backs at the end of the day. We can’t make comments. We can’t point fingers. We just have to continue to empower each other and have each other’s backs. If we don’t, if we start pointing fingers, everybody’s going to go into their own little shells. We’ve got to continue to play basketball. It starts from the top to the bottom. Not from the bottom to the top but the top to the bottom.”


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Kyrie Irving: Celtics Can't Be Comfortable As 5th Seed

Jan 13, 2019 2:43 PM

Kyrie Irving said that the Boston Celtics are having trouble dealing with pre-season expectations following their 105-103 loss to the Orlando Magic. 

"We had nothing to lose last year. Nobody had any expectations...we come into this season with expectations, and it's real...that's new, it's tough and it's hard. What we're facing now is nothing compared to being on that stage, trying to get a gold trophy. It's hard now. What do you think it's going to be when we get to the Finals?", said Irving. 

Irving, who was visibly frustrated with Gordon Hayward after the loss, added that the Celtics need to focus on more than just making the playoffs. 

"We’re trying to play a position right now trying to get a great seed. That should be our No. 1 goal...But what steps do we need to hit? That’s a goal first, just getting a seed. We can’t be comfortable being in fifth. I’m not comfortable in [the fifth seed] so now I go back and really rework things and try to think about how I attack the next day.” 

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Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown Move On After Shoving Match

Jan 12, 2019 2:28 PM

Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown say they've moved on following a video of Morris shoving Brown during a timeout. The confrontation occurred during the Celtics 115-99 loss to the Heat on Thursday night. 

“We moved past it after the timeout. I know everybody wants to catch everything on camera, but catch the stuff that happens afterward, when we sat right beside each other and it was over. I know social media is going to make a big deal about something like that...it’s just two guys that both care about the game and that’s all it was,” said Morris.

Brad Stevens added that the heated moment was just part of playing through an entire season. 

“I think when you’re part of a team for 82 games it’s not that big of a deal. I mean, been through a lot of different teams, some of which have taken time to become a team, some of which have been a team from day one and they’ve all had moments like that at one time or another whether the cameras were on or not.”

 

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Kyrie Irving: Team Meeting Following Bucks' Loss Lead To Turnaround

Jan 10, 2019 2:13 AM

Kyrie Irving pointed to the Boston Celtics' team meeting following a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on December 21st as the key to their recent success.

The Celtics have won 7 out of 9 games since the meeting to clear the air between players and coaches, which lasted over 30 minutes.

“Just getting with one another (after the Bucks loss), really put everything out there and then move on from that point. At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some s--- in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air.”

Irving stressed the importance of maintaining trust in the team during this current stretch of the season. 

Meat of the season right now and you can tell that our team is just feeling really good being around each other. And it’s totally different in terms of how we feel out there. It’s just really positive. You just don’t see the body language as we once did in the beginning of the season of guys not getting shots or guys missing shots. Miss or make, we’re setting up our defense. We’re just starting to become that team where we really trust one another game to game.”

 

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R.J. Hunter Agrees To Sign Two-Way Deal With Celtics

Jan 9, 2019 11:02 PM

R.J. Hunter has agreed to sign with the Boston Celtics on a Two-Way contract.

Hunter was selected 28th overall by the Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hunter has bounced around the G League since then. In 22 games this season, the 25-year-old averaged 22 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. He also shot 42.6 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from behind the arc. 

“I worked my ass off to become the best me on and off the court, and to come back to this organization a better person/player overall is a wild feeling,” Hunter wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “So much more work to be done but I just want to thank the Celtics for this opportunity.”

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Gordon Hayward Scores Season-High 35 Points, Regaining Lateral Movement
Hayward's 35 points was the most by a Celtics bench player since 2005.

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Kyrie Irving Scratches Left Eye In Celtics Loss
Irving briefly left play after getting hit in the face by Marco Belinelli, but returned to the game.

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Anthony Davis Has Yet To Tell Associates He'd Like Trade
Anthony Davis has been consistent with his public comments about wanting to win with the Pelicans.

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Teams Expect Anthony Davis To Cycle Through Short-Term Contracts
Anthony Davis could sign a series of short-term contracts until he can sign a long-term deal at 35 percent of the cap with a team beyond the Pelicans.

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Kyrie Irving: Celtics Need To Get Past 'Ego-Centric Things' For Bigger Picture
The Celtics had a closed-down meeting on Friday night and another meeting on Saturday to address their struggles.

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Anthony Davis Has $4.1M Trade Kicker If Dealt In Offseason
One executive believes the Pelicans will try to avoid paying the trade kicker.

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Celtics Hold Team Meeting Following Loss To Address 'Selfish Play'
Kyrie Irving added that he needed to be more patient and consistent as a team leader.

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Aron Baynes Breaks Hand, Out Indefinitely
The Celtics are already thin at the post position with Al Horford missing the past five games.

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Kyrie Irving Challenges Jaylen Brown To Overcome Early Struggles
Brown has struggled to translate the high expectations from his play during last season's playoff run to this season.

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Al Horford Out Multiple Games with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome In Left Knee
Al Horford has struggled this season and has been dealing with inflammation in his left knee for nearly a month.

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Kyrie Irving Not Concerned After Tweaking Right Shoulder
Kyrie Irving had ice put on his shoulder on the bench.

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LeBron James Suggested Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving For Damian Lillard
LeBron James' interest in Damian Lillard has led to speculation the Lakers could be interested in him.

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Gordon Hayward Sets Celtics Record With 30-Point Performance Off Bench
Hayward scores 30 points in 29 minutes off the Celtics bench.

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Celtics Waive Walter Lemon Jr. From Two-Way Contract
Walter Lemon Jr. was averaging 23.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 36.6 minutes per game in the G League this season.

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Kyrie Irving Expects To Retire In Early-To-Mid-30s
Kyrie Irving is 26 years old and entered the NBA after one season of college at Duke.

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Cavs Asked LeBron James To Commit Long-Term If They Declined Kyrie Irving's Trade Request
LeBron James said that he wouldn't commit to that stipulation.

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LeBron James: Everyone Knows Kyrie Irving Trade Was The Beginning Of The End
Koby Altman told LeBron James the Kyrie Irving trade would not occur minutes before news broke.

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Terry Rozier Not Complaining About Reduced Role
The minutes and production of Terry Rozier have dipped this season with the return of Kyrie Irving.

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Terry Rozier Receiving Trade Interest From At Least Seven Teams
Terry Rozier could command a contract in the $16 million to $20 million per year range.

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Kyrie Irving Fined $25,000 For Throwing Ball Into Stands
Kyrie Irving threw the ball into the stands at the end of a loss at Denver.

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